Wind energy may supply 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030

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Reports highlight the possible future of Europe’s wind power sector WindEuorpe, a trade group focused on wind energy in Europe, believes that wind power could provide as much as 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030. The organization has release two reports highlighting the growth of wind power throughout Europe. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to cut emissions and reliance on fossil-fuels. Some have even shown strong support for offshore wind projects, which have the potential to generate large quantities of electrical power. Wind capacity…

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Acciona aims to expand Spain’s wind energy market

Pamplona could become a leader in Spain’s wind energy market A Spanish town named Pamplona could soon become one of the country’s greatest wind energy producers. The town has long been a tourist attraction for the famous running of the bulls event. Every year, people throughout the world flock to Pamlona to witness or participate in this event. Soon, The town may be better known for its use of wind energy rather than just its bulls. An energy company called Acciona has big plans for wind energy and believes that…

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Wind energy could become the best hydrogen fuel production tool

Wind and hydrogen are growing closer together as clean power becomes more widely adopted Hydrogen and wind energy may soon become close allies. In Europe, wind power is expanding aggressively, with Spain and Germany holding top positions in terms of total installed capacity. As wind power continues to grow, it may become a power source for hydrogen fuel production. Current production methods are heavily reliant on fossil-fuels, making hydrogen less environmentally friendly than it is meant to be. Using renewable energy to produce hydrogen can alleviate this problem, making hydrogen…

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Hyundai delivers 50 more of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to Europe

Automaker brings more of its ix35 fuel cell vehicles to European countries South Korean automaker Hyundai has delivered more of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the ix35, to Europe, where the vehicles will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of fuel cells in the transportation space. Hyundai has delivered the largest shipment of these vehicles to date, bringing 50 to Europe in October. These vehicles are being delivered to several European countries, where some will be used by government agencies to determine the potential of fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai has…

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Researchers use organic materials to produce hydrogen fuel

Research team finds a new way to produce hydrogen Researchers from the Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices Group at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellion in Spain have developed a new way to produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight. Such a process has been growing in prominence in the scientific community, where sunlight is showing great potential as a way to produce hydrogen in an efficient manner that is not reliant on the use of fossil-fuels, such as natural gas. Organic materials show some promise when it comes to hydrogen fuel production…

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New project using fuel cells to produce energy from waste launches in Spain

Waste-to-energy project leveraging fuel cells has gone active in Spain A new project that involves producing heat and energy from the waste created by olive oil processing has been launched in Spain. Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology notes that the project shows some promise for reducing the environmental impact of conventional energy production and could lead to new advances in converting organic waste to electrical power. The new project leverages fuel cell technology to produce electrical power, harvesting hydrogen from the olive oil production process. Project aims to produce…

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Renewable energy grid parity may be coming to Europe

Report suggests that grid parity is not an impossible dream in Europe Unsubsidized renewable energy may become a reality in Europe within the coming years. A new report from POYRY, an energy consultancy firm, suggests that wholesale grid parity is on the horizon. The report highlights the growing trend of retail grid parity in many European countries. As renewable energy continues to grow and receive more support, it is beginning to compete with more traditional forms of energy in terms of cost and supply. Grid parity could be possible as…

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Novatec Solar aims to test its new solar energy storage technology

Company commissions the development of a solar power system so it can test its storage technology Novatec Solar, a solar energy company based in Germany, has commissioned the construction of a solar thermal energy system in Spain. The project will highlight the company’s new molten salt storage technology, which may make solar energy systems much more efficient and less expensive. The new technology aims to address issues concerning the efficient storage of renewable energy. The company is using a process called direct molten salt, wherein inorganic salts are used as…

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Geothermal energy could solve Spain and Portugal’s energy problems

Spain and Portugal have enough geothermal potential to satisfy energy needs Both Spain and Portugal could meet the entirety of their energy needs through geothermal energy, according to a new study from the University of Valladolid. The study suggests that neither country would have to make use of fossil-fuels or any other form of renewable energy to accomplish this goal, as they both have enough geothermal potential to satisfy their power demands. This may be good news for both countries, as the adoption of various forms of clean energy can…

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Wind energy makes up bulk of Spain’s power in 2013

Report highlights the capabilities of Spain’s wind energy systems Red Electra de Espana, a partly-state owned energy utility in Spain, has released a new report concerning the country’s use of wind power. Spain has been investing heavily in wind energy and clean technology over the past few years. Wind has been considered an ideal way to resolve some of the country’s economic problems. Indeed, many European countries that have suffered in the wake of the recent financial crisis have begun to turn to renewable energy, hoping to use it as…

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Report: 23% of world’s energy comes from renewable sources

New report highlights growth of renewable energy The U.S. has released a new report concerning the state or renewable energy around the world. The report shows that clean energy has been making strong progress in recent years, with 2012 and 2013 being very prominent in terms of growth and adoption. Several countries have begun taking clean power more seriously for economic and environmental reasons and while large countries may be leading the way in clean power, smaller countries are quickly becoming more attractive markets for energy developers. Solar and wind…

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Spanish researchers develop new renewable energy system

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New renewable energy systems seeks to harness the power of the ocean The ocean is home to many marvels that few people have ever seen, but it may also be a promising source of energy that has gone mostly untapped for years. While some technologies have been developed to tap into the energy potential of the ocean, these technologies have yet to acquire any significant level of support with the majority of the world. A new renewable energy system may be able to change that, however, thanks to researchers from…

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Hydrogen fuel cells put to use at Spanish TV channel

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Hydrogen fuel cells continue to gain popularity as back-up power sources Hydrogen fuel cells have received a significant amount of attention for their uses in transportation. Fuel cells are not only being used to power a new generation of vehicles, however, and they have been seeing use in a variety of industries around the world. Apart from transportation, one of the most popular uses of hydrogen fuel cells is as back-up energy systems. The reliability of fuel cells, as well as the fact that they do not need to be…

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Renewable energy reaches new heights in Spain

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Spain serves as strong example for renewable energy Like other European countries, Spain has been struggling with the lingering effects of the sovereign-debt crisis, which first began emerging in 2008. Much of the European Union was, and continues to be, affected by the financial crisis, but Spain was one of the member states that suffered through the crisis more so than others. In recent years, those countries that had been dealt a powerful blow from the financial crisis have been turning to renewable energy for the sake of economic stability.…

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Renewable energy making strong progress in the EU

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EU gains momentum in its renewable energy goals The European Union has ambitious goals when it comes to emissions reduction and the use of renewable energy. The governing body considers climate change to be a serious danger to civilization and has been working to address several other issues concerning energy security and availability, as well as address the health concerns linked to harmful emissions produced through the use of fossil-fuels. The European Union had expected to meet its ambitious, yet modest goals by 2020, but new statistics from Eurostat, a…

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Solar energy may break efficiency barriers with help of graphene

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Efficiency continues to prove problematic for solar energy For as long as solar energy has been a favored form of renewable power, it has been plagued with problems concerning efficiency. In its early years, solar energy was rarely used because solar panels were, quite simply, not efficient enough to justify their cost. Technological progress has made solar panels more capable through the development of more efficient solar cells. Now, solar energy is considered one of the most attractive forms of renewable power, but progress has not stopped, and solar cells…

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